Monday, July 25, 2016

NCC-Mac July 2016 Meeting announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, July 28, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month I'll be attempting a simple demo of the Scratch programming language . Scratch is a cross-platform coding environment designed for a young audience, but it can be fun for all ages.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Outline of June 2016 NCC-Mac Meeting

Here is the link to the combined  first looks for Apple's new software products.

Here is the link to the iOS 10 "eye candy" video.

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
iTunes 12.4.1
Mac:
This update addresses a number of problems where iTunes doesn’t work as expected with VoiceOver. It also restores the option to Reset Plays and fixes the following issues:

• Up Next may have unexpectedly played songs added together in the incorrect order.
• iTunes was prevented from crossfading between songs.

Windows:
This update addresses a number of problems where iTunes doesn’t work as expected with screen readers. It also restores the option to Reset Plays and fixes the following issues:

• Up Next may have unexpectedly played songs added together in the incorrect order.
• iTunes was prevented from crossfading between songs.

Post Date: Jun 2, 2016

System Requirements
400MB of available disk space

iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
iTunes Extras require OS X version 10.10.3 or later
Windows 7 or later
64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 require the iTunes 64-bit installer; for more information, visit www.itunes.com/download
400MB of available disk space
Screen reader support requires Window-Eyes 7.2 or later; for information about accessibility in iTunes, visit www.apple.com/accessibility 
iTunes is now a 64-bit application on 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and 7. Some third-party visualizers may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the developer for an updated visualizer that is compatible with iTunes 12.1 or later
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
Apple Music requires OS X version 10.9.5 or later
iTunes U 3.3
Jun 07 '16
iOS Universal Education

What's New
• Import Managed Class Rosters from Apple School Manager
• Guide students to specific iTunes U Courses from the Classroom app 
• Add materials from various document providers (iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
• Use Explain Everything and Notability project files as course materials or hand-ins from students
• Minor performance and stability improvements
WWDC 5.0.1
Jun 07 '16
iOS Universal Reference

What's New
Thank you for your bug reports and feedback. This update includes the following resolutions:

• News displays properly in all cases.
• Friday sessions display correctly on iPad with a time zone outside of PDT.
• The schedule updates correctly in all cases.
• VoiceOver label is correct for the shuttle stop on Thursday’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium map.
• Videos on Apple TV are more stable.
Logic Pro X 10.2.3
Jun 09 '16
Mac OS Music
$199.99

What's New
This update contains numerous fixes and enhancements including:
• Crossfades between comp sections in Take Folders can now be graphically edited
• Improves sound quality for Flex Pitch editing
• 7 additional plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability
• New Loudness Meter plug-in provides support for LUFS metering
• Nudge controls can now be used to edit the position of selected automation points
• Icons for Drum Machine Designer cells are now user assignable
• All Alchemy presets now include names for Transform Pad snapshots
• 3 new traditional Chinese instrument Patches for pipa, erhu and percussion
• Over 300 new Chinese instrument Apple Loops
• Ability to enable click zones for Take Folders to provide simultaneous access to editing and Quick Swipe Comping 
• Multiple additional enhancement and stability improvements
iBooks 3.3
Jun 13 '16
iOS Universal Books

What's New
Bug fixes
TestFlight 1.4.1
Jun 13 '16
iOS Universal Utilities

What's New
Minor stability and performance improvements
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to OS X El Capitan:

       • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
       • Canon EOS 80D
       • Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D / Kiss X80
       • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
       • Olympus PEN-F
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF8
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7 Mark II / GX80 / GX85
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 / TX1
       • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

For more information on supported RAW formats, see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205272.

Post Date: Jun 23, 2016

File Size: 8.1 MB

System Requirements
OS X El Capitan 10.11
The next meeting will be held Thursday, July 28, 2016, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
WWDC 2016
watchOS 3
tvOS [10?]
macOS Sierra [10.12?]
iOS 10
Swift Playgrounds

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, June 26, 2016

NCC-Mac June 2016 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, June 30, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month I've gleaned a few highlights from this month's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote presentation. Also, if there's time, we can try to figure out how to use Messages and FaceTime over WiFi. So, if you want to play, bring your Mac laptop or iOS device.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Slideshow of May 2016 NCC-Mac Meeting

Here is the link to the slideshow.
Here is the link to Louie Louie.

Outline of May 2016 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Apple Remote Desktop 3.8.5.1 Client
Apple Remote Desktop 3.8.5.1 Client is an update to improve compatibility with VNC viewers.

Post Date: May 3, 2016

File Size: 7.9 MB

System Requirements
OS X 10.8.5
OS X 10.9.5
OS X 10.10.5 
Xcode 7.3.1
May 03 '16
Mac OS Developer Tools

What's New
Xcode 7.3.1 includes Swift 2.2 and SDKs for iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Xcode 7.3.1 fixes several critical bugs, including:

• Git updated to version 2.7.4 to improve security
• Fixed an issue where turning off a capability in the Xcode editor could leave the entitlement enabled in the app bundle
• Fixed an issue that could prevent the export of an ad-hoc build from an archive
• Fixed a crash when importing localizations
Pages 5.6.2
May 10 '16
Mac OS Productivity

What's New
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Pages 2.6.2
May 10 '16
iOS Universal Productivity

What's New
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Numbers 3.6.2
May 10 '16
Mac OS Productivity

What's New
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Numbers 2.6.2
May 10 '16
iOS Universal Productivity

What's New
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Keynote 6.6.2
May 10 '16
Mac OS Productivity

What's New
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Keynote 2.6.2
May 10 '16
iOS Universal Productivity

What's New
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 Update
The OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 update improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all El Capitan users.

For more detailed information about this update, please visit:  https://support.apple.com/kb/HT206230

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Post Date: May 16, 2016

File Size: 759.1 MB

System Requirements
OS X El Capitan 10.11.4
Security Update 2016-003 Yosemite
Security Update 2016-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For more information on the security content of this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: May 16, 2016

File Size: 454.8 MB

System Requirements
 OS X Yosemite 10.10
Security Update 2016-003 Mavericks
Security Update 2016-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: May 16, 2016

File Size: 370.9 MB

System Requirements
 OS X Mavericks 10.9
iOS 9.3.2
iOS 9.3.2 fixes bugs and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad. This update:

Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE
Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail
Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages
Fixes an issue for VoiceOver users using the Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or spaces
Fixes an issue that prevented MDM servers from installing Custom B2B apps

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Post Date: May 16, 2016

System Requirements
iPhone 4s or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th gen)
Available via OTA and iTunes
watchOS 2.2.1
This release contains bug fixes and security updates.

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Post Date: May 16, 2016

System Requirements
iPhone 5 or later
Available via OTA through the Apple Watch app
iTunes 12.4
What's new in iTunes

Now enjoy all of your music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and more in a simpler design.

Navigation. Now you can use Back and Forward buttons as you navigate between your Library, Apple Music, iTunes Store, and more. 

Media Picker. Easily switch between Music, Movies, TV shows, and more—and Edit to choose just the items you want.

Library and Playlists. Use Sidebar to view your Library in new ways. Drag and drop songs to easily add them to Playlists. And Edit Sidebar to show only your favorite views.

Menus. Menus in iTunes are now simpler and easier to use. Use the View menu to customize your Library or try context menus to act on specific items.

Post Date: May 16, 2016

System Requirements
400MB of available disk space

iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
iTunes Extras require OS X version 10.10.3 or later
Windows 7 or later
64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 require the iTunes 64-bit installer; for more information, visit www.itunes.com/download
400MB of available disk space
Screen reader support requires Window-Eyes 7.2 or later; for information about accessibility in iTunes, visit www.apple.com/accessibility 
iTunes is now a 64-bit application on 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and 7. Some third-party visualizers may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the developer for an updated visualizer that is compatible with iTunes 12.1 or later
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
Apple Music requires OS X version 10.9.5 or later
GarageBand 10.1.2
May 16 '16
Mac OS Music

What's New
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
• Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility
GarageBand 2.1.1
May 16 '16
iOS Universal Music

What's New
• Quickly navigate long lists of Apple Loops using a new alphabetical sidebar
• Use Multi-Touch to select multiple regions simultaneously in the Tracks area
• Send songs as an audio file using AirDrop
• Share GarageBand songs via Mail as uncompressed audio
• Apply your own custom images to songs shared to YouTube and Facebook
• Support for Shared iPad in iOS 9.3
Apple Store 3.7.1
May 24 '16
iOS Universal Shopping

What's New
- Various improvements and performance enhancements.
AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.7
Firmware update 7.6.7 is recommended for all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. This update improves the stability and performance of your base station.

This update:
Fixes an issue which may prevent communication between clients on the same network
Improves performance with an extended guest network
Addresses potential naming conflicts with Bonjour Sleep Proxy

For detailed information on AirPort base station firmware updates, including instructions how to install the update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1218

For more information on using AirPort products, go to the Product Support Page at: http://www.apple.com/support/airport

Post Date: May 24, 2016

System Requirements
AirPort Extreme, AirPort Time Capsule, and AirPort Express base stations with 802.11n.
AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3
Firmware update 7.7.3 is recommended for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. It provides security improvements related to SSL/TLS. Other AirPort base stations do not require this firmware update. 

Post Date: Apr 22, 2014

System Requirements
AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Louie Louie, part deux
When I put my computer to sleep, it won’t wake up.
How do you normally wake your iMac?
Tapping Shift or Control or Option or Command (⌘) should normally work. Jiggling the mouse may not be as reliable. You could try a quick press-and-release on the power button. If all that fails, press and hold down on the power button to force the power off. Pulling the plug should be the absolute last thing you try.
Restart and hold down R right after the tone. While still holding down R…Recovery Mode.
Select Disk Utility in the OS X Utilities window. Select Macintosh HD; run First Aid. Repeat this if you have a Time Machine or any other disks showing. (Time Machine will take a long time to diagnose.)
Reset the System Management Controller (SMC)

Reset the SMC on Mac notebook computers

First determine whether the battery is removable. Mac notebook computers that have a nonremovable battery include MacBook Pro (Early 2009) and later, all models of MacBook Air, MacBook (Late 2009), and MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015). Learn more about Mac notebook batteries.

If the battery is nonremovable 
Shut down the Mac.
Plug in the MagSafe or USB-C power adapter to a power source and to your Mac.
Using the built-in keyboard, press Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the keyboard, then press the power button at the same time.
Release all keys, then press the power button again to turn on your Mac

If the battery is removable
Shut down the Mac.
Disconnect the MagSafe power adapter from the Mac.
Remove the battery. (Learn about removing the battery in MacBook and MacBook Pro computers.)
Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
Reconnect the battery and MagSafe power adapter.
Press the power button to turn on the Mac.
The LED on MagSafe power adapters might change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC.
Reset the SMC on Mac desktop computers

Follow these steps for iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, and Xserve.
Shut down the Mac.
Unplug the power cord.
Wait 15 seconds.
Plug the power cord back in.
Wait 5 seconds, then press the power button to turn on the Mac.
For Intel-based Xserve computers that aren't responding, you can shut down locally or by using remote commands. You can also shut down by pressing and holding the power button for 5 seconds.
Reset non-volatile random-access memory (NVRAM)
• Shut down your Mac.
• Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. 
• Turn on your Mac.
• Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys immediately after you hear the startup sound.
• Hold these keys until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for a second time.
• Release the keys.

After resetting NVRAM, you may need to reconfigure settings for speaker volume, screen resolution, startup disk selection, and time zone information.
Start up in Safe Mode
…to see if the issue is related to non-Apple startup items, login items, or kernel extensions.

Follow these steps to start up into safe mode.

• Start or restart your Mac. 
• Immediately after you hear the startup sound, press and hold the Shift key.
• Release the Shift key when you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

After the Apple logo appears, it might take longer than usual to reach the login screen or your desktop. This is because your Mac performs a directory check of your startup disk as part of safe mode.
To leave safe mode, restart your computer without pressing any keys during startup. (Sometimes, as if by magic, merely restarting in Safe Mode seems to clear mysterious issues.)
Turn off system hibernation
Since hibernation mode’s only real benefit is to allow you to resume from sleep in the face of a power loss, a simple solution may be to turn hibernation mode off by running the following two commands in the OS X Terminal (enter your password when prompted–it will not show):

sudo pmset standby 0

sudo pmset autopoweroff 0

These commands will turn off the hardware settings that will put your Mac into hibernation mode. The first is Apple’s main standby mode option, and the second is an implementation required for European energy regulations. To reverse these commands, you can again either reset your Mac’s system management controller, or re-run the commands but use “1” as the value instead of “0.”

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, May 22, 2016

NCC-Mac May 2016 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, May 26, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month I've got Louie Louie, part deux and a hopefully helpful solution for a member of the Peanut Gallery.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Outline of April 2016 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
GarageBand 10.11
Apr 07 '16
Mac OS Music

What's New
• Updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS and Live Loops projects
• Opens Music Memos projects
• Supports Logic Remote for iPhone and iPad Pro
• Adds over 2,600 new Apple Loops and sounds 
• Improved reliability when downloading additional content
• Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility
Bluetooth Update for MacBook
The Bluetooth update for MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016) improves compatibility with third party bluetooth devices, and is recommended for all users.

Post Date: Apr 19, 2016

File Size: 157.8 MB

System Requirements
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016) 
OS X El Capitan 10.11.4
iMovie 2.2.2
Apr 20 '16
iOS Universal Photography

What's New
• Resolves a stability issue when using Display Zoom on iPad Pro
• Stability improvements
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.19
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to OS X El Capitan:

       • Fujifilm X-E2S
       • Fujifilm X70
       • Leica S (Typ 007)
       • Leica X-U (Typ 113)
       • Nikon D5
       • Nikon D500
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS60 / DMC-TZ80
       • Sony Alpha ILCE-6300
       • Sony Alpha SLT-A68

For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT205272.

For more information on supported RAW formats, see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205272.

Post Date: Apr 21, 2016

File Size: 8.1 MB

System Requirements
OS X El Capitan 10.11
Apple Store 3.7
Apr 21 '16
iOS Universal Shopping

What's New
- Adds 3D Touch support for applicable devices.
- The Apple Store app is now available in Korea, Russia, and Thailand.
- You can now apply for the iPhone Upgrade Program right from the Apple Store app.
iMovie 10.1.2
Apr 28 '16
Mac OS Video

What's New
• Easy to find New Project button in the Projects browser
• Larger project thumbnails that match the look of iMovie for iOS
• Fast project creation lets you begin editing with a single click
• Clicking a video clip selects the entire clip, instead of a range
• Keyboard shortcut to select range within a clip in the browser and timeline (hold down R key while dragging)
• Support for App Preview resolutions for iPad Pro (1600 x 1200) and Apple TV (1920 x 1080)
• Improves stability
The next meeting will be held Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Hardware Updates
MacBook
1 slide instead of 44
MacBook Air
1 slide instead of 45
Louie Louie

Q&A, General Discussion